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Friday, October 13 2017 - 02:32
Japanese Project Wins Airbus Award for Diversity in Engineering
TOULOUSE, France, Oct. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

    Fifth edition of UNESCO-backed Award is announced at global engineering
                    deans' conference in Canada

    Airbus, the worldwide leader in aeronautics, space and related services and 
the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the leading global organisation 
for engineering education, have announced the recipient of the 2017 GEDC Airbus 
Diversity Award [ ]. Japan's Kyushu 
Institute of Technology's BIRDS Satellite Project was selected, with the 
Schulich School of Engineering: Discover Engineering Programme at Canada's 
University of Calgary and the Women in Engineering (WIE) Programme at the 
University of New South Wales in Australia as runners up.


    Now in its 5th edition, the Award was developed and funded by Airbus in 
partnership with the GEDC, and this year was granted UNESCO patronage. It aims 
to shine a light on successful projects which have encouraged more people of 
all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. Diversity has 
become an increasingly prominent metric for business success, with 69% of 
executives rating diversity and inclusion an important issue in 2017, up from 
59% in 2014.

    "Diversity is a cornerstone of our business and an indispensable component 
for our continued success," said Jean-Brice Dumont, upcoming Executive Vice 
President (EVP) of Engineering Airbus Commercial Aircraft, member of Airbus' 
Diversity and Inclusion Steering Board, and Patron of the Award. "Diversity is 
not just important; it's part of Airbus' DNA. We are committed to further 
encouraging and enabling all types of diversity to maintain a high level of 
innovation in our industry. Our partnership with the GEDC is one illustration 
of this commitment, as we work together to identify successful projects like 
the one that has just been awarded to develop our next generation of diverse 

    The 2017 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award 
[ ] recipient, BIRDS Satellite 
Project, trains graduate students from developing countries in using 
cost-effective innovative systems engineering to execute a comprehensive 
satellite project, with the long-term goal of equipping them to commence a 
sustainable space programme in their respective home countries.

    Taiwo Tejumola from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, presented the 
project to a Jury of industry experts and distinguished guests, as well as 200 
international engineering education leaders gathered for the 2017 GEDC 
Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada. The three finalist projects were evaluated 
on the basis of the impact of their work, evidence of generating results and 
the possibility to be scaled-up. The winning project was awarded US$ 10,000, 
and the runners up US$ 1,500.

    Speaking at the Award Ceremony, Taiwo said that "The BIRDS Project team at 
the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan appreciates this recognition. Our 
collaborative programme provides a unique opportunity for young engineers to 
compete in today's global market, teaching specialised waste-minimising systems 
engineering models, developing core skills and building a supportive peer 
network. The project also creates a sustainable pathway for participants to 
implement training initiatives in their home countries, further contributing to 
the diversification and globalisation of engineering skills".

    "One of the Award criteria is for projects with the potential to be 
successfully replicated in other institutions and countries. All three of our 
2017 finalist projects have made a significant impact in increasing the 
diversity of students pursuing engineering studies, and my hope is that my 
fellow GEDC members will be inspired to initiate similar projects in their home 
institutions and in their countries," said Peter Kilpatrick, McCloskey Dean of 
Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and Chairperson of the GEDC.

    For the 2017 edition, 45 projects were submitted, from 18 countries and 39

Source: Airbus